Introduction to the Department

Ohio Wesleyan offered its first course in political science in 1845, three years after the University was founded, and established its Department of Politics and Government in 1917. Since then, the department has emphasized the practice of politics, paying close attention to the actual workings of today’s political institutions.

Department Features

  • The Arneson Institute for Practical Politics and Public Affairs helps you learn more about political life through internships, apprenticeships, and independent study. In recent years, OWU students have worked with legislators, law firms and courts, public interest groups, and political campaigns.
  • The Mock Convention, an OWU tradition dating to 1884, is held during presidential elections years. During the convention, you’ll learn about the fundamentals of one of the most intriguing U.S. political events--the presidential nominating convention. You’ll also learn about candidates and key issues in the upcoming election.

Available Majors

Available Minors

Department Contact Info

Location

Elliott Hall
Room: 211
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3780
F 740-368-3644

Department Contact

Chair: James Franklin
740-368-3934
jcfrankl@owu.edu
Secretary: Pam Laucher
740-368-3906
pllauche@owu.edu